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My Wife is a Gangster

2001 South Korean Film

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What? My Wife is a Gangster???

  • Oct 29, 2009
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Eun-Jin is a second in command Femme Fatale ganglord that is called "Big Brother" by her men. They also say "Yes, sir" even though she is a woman, but that's by force of habit. The fools. Given that Eun-Jin hands out enough b-slaps and evil eyes (not always in that order) you'd think that her goons would be smart enogh to call her "Big Momma" and replace "Yes, sir" with  "Yes Ma'am." That's what I'd do. Even if I were married to her. Especially if I were married to her.

Lucky for me, my wife is not a gangster. At least, not to my knowledge. But, unfortunately for someone else, Eun-Jin has to expedite a shotgun marriage (she'll be holding the shot gun) in order to fulfill the wish of her sister who is dying of cancer. None of her goons have the balls do be the groom, so Eun-Jin enlists the handiwork of a dating service.

Sound facinating? Maybe even funny? It is.

My Wife is a Gangster, must be one of the few movies that elicited more than a few chuckles here and there. A few times I had to put the movie on pause and give myself a half-minute of a good laugh. This is a martial-arts comedy with Eun-Jin providing most of the swift kicks and punches and her clumsy, trying to be cool side-men providing the comedy. It's a brilliant formula.

Eun-Jin eventually finds herself a husband, the circumstances of which are made hilarious by clever direction and freeze-frame moments of love at first sight. Well, maybe not "love", per se. But who cares. The point is, they get married and now Eun-Jin has to hide her other life away from her husband. Actually, that's not the only thing she has to hide. She also must hide the enormous tattoo on her back -- a dead giveaway of who she really is. Consequently, when Eun-Jin's dying sister reveals that she wants to be an Auntie before she checks out, Eun-Jin will have to figure out how to get it on with her husband while keeping her shirt on. However, the movie takes a dramatic turn once Eun-Jin actually learns that she is pregnant. Suddenly, you find yourself a little worried about our lead femme fatale as she kicks and chops her way through her day job.

It's been a long time since I could say that I actually had a lot of fun watching a movie, and even longer since I've watched a comedy that unexpectedly pulls me through a gamut of other emotions. If you have Netflix, add this one to your queue.
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November 02, 2009
Ok, just for the sake of finding out how she managed to get pregnant with her shirt on, hehe... I'll check out the DVD ;-)
November 02, 2009
I literally just laughed out loud from your reply. So much so that I spelled out "laughed out loud" instead of the unconvincing text version: LOL. BTW...still laughing out loud.
November 02, 2009
Great way to start the day & week, isn't it? Btw, I might be in town next week. Not confirmed yet, still awaiting some email replies.
November 02, 2009
Definitely let me know if you are. I'm sure I'll be in Toronto next week for a few days.
October 29, 2009
Hahahaha, Sniffcode, you are funny.  This movie sounds hilarious, too!  What a mind boggling plot.  While on the topic of hilarious Asian movies with strange plots, you should check out @dtruong's review of God of Cookery!
October 30, 2009
Going to add to my Netflix queue now. BTW, just watched the Live Action version of Blood: The Last Vampire. It's very interesting to watch the 40 minute anime short that inspired the film and the live-action back to back.
October 30, 2009
Awesome! I'll need to catch that anime short! :)
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review by . January 09, 2011
posted in ASIANatomy
Why wouldn't you want the leader of a gang be your wife when you can have protection and an unlimited buffet. Then when you think about the way she beat her husband up and the lack of affection I can see how this dude would want to back out. At first site I thought that this movie would either go over the top or just be plain and dumb with corny fight sequences. I was actually almost right about the fights but still they were good enough and comical.    My wife is a gangster …
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My Wife is a Gangster is a 2001 South Korean film directed by Cho Jin-gyu; it's about a female gang boss who needs to get married to fulfill her dying sister's wishes. A sequel, My Wife is a Gangster 2, was released in 2003, with a third (My Wife is a Gangster 3) released at the end of 2006.
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